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The Two Doorways

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 221
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 204 x 296 mm
Signed: butterfly at left (4-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'First Venice Set', 1880
No. of States: 13
Known impressions: 54
Catalogues: K.193; M.190; W.158
Impressions taken from this plate  (54)


  • Kennedy, Edward G., The Etched Work of Whistler, New York, 1910 (cat. no. 193), 'The Two Doorways'.
  • Mansfield, Howard, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1909 (cat. no. 190), 'The Two Doorways'.
  • Wedmore, Sir Frederick, Whistler's Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue, London, 1886 (cat. no. 158), 'Two Doorways'.

EXHIBITIONS 1855- 1905

  • Etchings of Venice, The Fine Art Society, London, 1880 (cat. no. 2) 'The Two Doorways'.
  • Etchings and Dry Points, The Union League Club, New York, 1881 (cat. nos. 156-167 ) 'View in Venice'.
  • Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881 (uncatalogued).
  • [Exhibition], Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1881.
  • Ausstellung der Maler-Radierungen französischer und englischer Künstler der Neuzeit, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 1881 (cat. no. 716) 'Partie eines Kanales in Venedig'.
  • Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883 (cat. no. 28) 'Two Doorways'.
  • 50 Etchings and Drypoints (Venice Second Series), H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1883 (cat. no. 28) 'Two Doorways'.
  • 2nd Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Champs de Mars, Paris, 1892 'Les deux portes – Venise'.
  • [Exhibition of the First Venice Set], The Fine Art Society, London, 1892 (no catalogue).
  • World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893 (cat. no. 2233) 'The Two Doorways'.
  • Mr Whistler's Venice Etchings and the Defaced Coppers, Robert Dunthorne's Gallery, Liverpool, 1893.
  • Exhibition of Etchings, Drypoints. and Lithographs by Whistler, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1898 (cat. no. 137) 'Two Doorways'.
  • An Exhibition of Etchings and Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, The Caxton Club, 1900 (cat. no. E139 ) 'Two Doorways'.
  • International Exhibition, Glasgow Art Galleries, Glasgow, 1901 (cat. no. 223) 'Two Doorways'.
  • Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901 (cat. no. 1384).
  • International Exhibition, Glasgow Art Galleries, Glasgow, 1901 (cat. no. 223) 'Two Doorways'- (two states).
  • 71st Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1902 (cat. no. 947) 'The Two Doorways'.
  • Catalogue of a Collection of Etchings, Dry Points and Lithographs, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1903 (cat. no. 73) 'Two Doorways'.
  • Exhibition of Etchings by James McNeill Whistler, Obach and Co., London, 1903 (cat. no. 132) 'Two Doorways'.
  • A Collection of Etchings and Dry Points by Whistler recently acquired, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1903 (cat. no. 121) 'Two Doorways'.
  • Etchings and Dry-Points by James McNeill Whistler, The Grolier Club, New York, 1904 (cat. nos. 160 a,b,c,d) 'Two Doorways'.
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Copley Hall, Boston, February 1904 (cat. nos. 125, 126) 'Two Doorways'.
  • Etchings, Dry Points, And a few Drawings by Whistler, Frederick Keppel and Co., New York, 1904 (cat. no. 70) 'Two Doorways - Venice set'.
  • 78th Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1904 (cat. no. 556) 'Two Doorways'.
  • Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 158) 'Two Doorways'.
  • Oeuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'École des Beaux-Art, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 360) 'Deux portes - Two Doorways'.
  • Tentoonstelling van Aquarellen, Pastels, Teekingen, Etsen, Lithogaphien en een Schildrij door James McNeill Whistler, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1906 (cat. no. 40) 'The Two Doorways'.

REVIEWS 1855- 1905

  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Venice Etchings', Daily News, London, 2 December 1880 (GUL PC4/15, 15/11).
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Venice', St James' Gazette, London, 9 December 1880.
  • Anon., 'Mr. Whistler's etchings ...', British Architect, XIV, 10 December 1880 (GUL PC4/19, PC6/18).
  • Anon., [H.Quilter],'Mr. Whistler's Etchings of Venice', The Times, London, 25 December 1880, p. 4 (GUL PC4/11).
  • Anon., 'Art. Venice Pastels', The Observer, 6 February 1881.
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Etchings', Building News, 23 February 1883 (GUL PC6/42).
  • Anon., The Queen, 24 February 1883 (GUL PC 25/24).
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Exhibition', Saturday Review, 24 February 1883 (GUL PC 25/32).
  • Anon., 'The Fine Art Society, New Bond Street', [unidentified 'Daily'], 24 February 1883 (GUL PC6/42).
  • Anon., 'Fine Art. Mr. Whistler's Exhibition,' Bazaar, 28 February 1883 (GUL PC6/44).
  • Anon., 'Art Notes', Liverpool Mercury, 18 March 1893.

GENERAL 1855-1905

  • Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883 (cat. no. 28).
  • Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890, p. 99.


  • Ann Arbor 1996: Prosaic Views, Poetic Vision, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 1996 (cat. no. 42).
  • Grieve, Alastair, Whistler's Venice, New Haven and London, 2000, pp. 91, 189, fig.101.
  • Lochnan, Katharine A., The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1984, pp. 182, 191, 214, 260, 281 (no. 204).
  • Los Angeles 1984: Drawing Near. Whistler Etchings from the Zelman Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1984 (cat. no. 40).
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995 (cat. nos. 836, 837).
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, Aldershot and California, 2001, pp. 84, 88, 94, 128, 130, pl. 131.
  • Wilder, F. L., 'Two Unrecorded Trial Proofs of Whistler Etchings,' The Bookman's Journal and Print Collector, vol. 5, no. 5, February 1922, new series, pp. 161-163.